halloween-cat-pillowHello and Happy almost October from Jedi Craft Girl!!!  I love black cats and I NEED a silly black cat pillow for my Halloween decor!  I love folk art/vintage black cat art and that’s where the inspiration came for this pillow.


Heat n Bond® Lite (may use EZ print sheets)

(2) 20″ squares orange ticking for pillow body

Fat quarter solid black

scraps of white fabric, green fabric, and orange fabric

2.5 yards pom pom trim


20″ pillow form

Cat Pattern, click HERE



Project Instructions:

Begin by printing or tracing each of the pattern pieces to the Heat n Bond® Lite fusible applique. Cut around each piece about 1/4″ away from pattern.   Press the pieces to the wrong side of the desired fabrics with hot, dry iron.

Peel off backing paper and position the cat head and face pieces on the right side of one of the 20″ orange ticking squares.  Center the cat.  Heat set in place.img_4384

With black thread, straight stitch around each of the applique pieces 3 times.  I only stitched around the cat head once because you can’t see the stitching.  Following the picture, add detail stitching for his teeth.img_4383

Sew black buttons for the center of his eyes.img_4388

He needs whiskers!!!!  I used a light gray thread to stitch the whiskers.  You can draw them with a pencil first so you don’t mess up 🙂img_4389I only stitched the whiskers once and used a stay stitch to start and stop.img_4405To finish the pillow, baste the pom pom trim around the pillow front, starting and stopping at the bottom center.

I used this method to insert a zipper into the back of the pillow: (note fabrics are different and are used just to show placement)

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To finish the pillow, cut a 3″ strip off of the remaining 20″ square.  This is where the zipper will go.  (If zippers make you run for the hills, you can finish this pillow using your favorite method. This just happens to be my favorite way to finish a pillow!)

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Cut the accent strip 4″ x 20″ and press it in half lengthwise.  This will cover the zipper.

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Sew the zipper adding the raw edges of the flap in the top portion.  Trim off the excess zipper.  Now you can treat this as one piece.

Pin the pillow front and back right sides together and sew all the way around the pillow using a generous 1/4″ seam.  Make sure to leave the zipper open so you can turn the pillow right side out.


Every couch needs this pillow!!!

10 Comments on Sew Up a Whimsical Black Cat Halloween Pillow

  1. Kathleen Swim Pacheco
    September 30, 2016 at 12:36 pm (8 years ago)

    I am unable to down load the cat face any suggestions?

  2. Sue Kimmet
    October 3, 2016 at 10:34 am (8 years ago)

    What a fun pattern! Thank you.

  3. Laurie
    October 10, 2016 at 7:01 am (8 years ago)

    Love the pillow! Where did you find the orange ticking?

    • Amy
      October 10, 2016 at 11:33 am (8 years ago)

      I saw some at fabric.com.

  4. Sue Ayers
    October 11, 2016 at 4:52 pm (8 years ago)

    It was on sewcanshe yesterday and I downloaded the pattern. Finished the pillow top yesterday afternoon and the back today. I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing!

    • admin
      October 11, 2016 at 4:57 pm (8 years ago)

      Glad to hear it! And thanks for the comment Sue! We appreciate it!

  5. nadine donovan
    October 14, 2016 at 8:19 am (8 years ago)

    love this pillow! I downloaded all the information and the pattern last night and made it. Can’t wait to post it on my blog.

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